Climate change


Materials Today Sustainability, 27 February 2020, 100032

Solar energy is an attractive clean energy source but storage and transportation is often a problem. Solar-light-driven water splitting provides a promising way to store and utilise abundant solar energy in the form of gaseous hydrogen. High temperature-promoted photocatalytic water splitting systems, described in this article, could open up a new direction for innovation in this field, furthering SDG 7 and 9.

One Earth, Review, Volume 2, Issue 2, p. 143-156, February 21 2020

This article addresses goals 10, 11, and 13 by showing how to build resilience to the impacts of climate change in informal settlements, focusing on those located in cities in low- and middle-income countries and how these settlements concentrate at-risk populations.
Nitrate and lipids have been recognized as effective dietary additives to reduce enteric methane (CH4) production. The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of nitrate and canola oil, alone or in combination, on enteric CH4, volatile fatty acid (VFA) concentrations, digesta kinetics and outflow of DM and microbial non-ammonia nitrogen (MicNAN) from the rumen of cattle. The article contributes to SDG 13.
Impacts of rearing goats for milk production are analysed and more environmentally-friendly options are suggested to further SDGs 12 and 13.

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Volume 46, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages 409-420.

This paper looks at a number of ways that veterinary anaesthetists can reduce their environmental impact, including by minimizing release of halogenated anaesthetics (which are potent greenhouse gases). This relates to SDGs 12 and 13.
This article furthers SDGs 12 and 13 by looking at the supply chain for returnable containers (secondary packaging material such as bins, pallets, boxes or crates) as a means of reducing CO2 emissions. The authors propose a returnable containers supply chain that consists of a single vendor and multiple buyers. They study the impact of the investment of buyers on the performance of the supply chain, developing two inventory models for comparison. They show that the first case, where buyers invest, leads to optimal performance.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 116, December 2019, 109388

Nepal has been suffering from a serious energy crisis for decades. It has severely affected its economic, social and political development. This paper furthers SDGs 7, 9 and 12 by showing that renewable resources are crucial not only for mitigating the present energy crisis, but also to ultimately provide energy independence for Nepal by establishing reliable and secure sources of energy.
This study advances SDGs 7, 9 and 12 by evaluating the environmental sustainability of biomass utilisation for small-scale power generation in rural communities, with a focus on the Southeast Asian context. Rice and coconut residues are considered for direct combustion and gasification, and livestock manure for anaerobic digestion. The results of this study are expected to support the development of sustainable bioenergy in off-grid rural communities as well as those that aim for greater energy independence.

International Journal of Hospitality Management, Volume 81, 2019, Pages 169-179.

This article presents a survey on an ecolabel-awarded hotel, testing a research hypothesis. It demonstrates that guests positively recognise the hotels’ environmental commitment, with a significant influence on satisfaction and loyalty. This supports SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Advancing SDGs 7 and 13, this article outlines why divesting from fossil fuels makes sense environmentally and financially.